What’s the strongest memory of your life as an 18 year old? Deciding which college to go to, hanging out with your friends, or perhaps going on a roadtrip. For one young Portuguese lad from Lisbon, it was representing his team, playing against and defeating one of the world’s greatest football teams, and then being selected to wear the coveted number 7 jersey for that team. Such is the unbelievable yet true story of Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Nike Superfly V CR7 FG Football Shoe that marks his transfer to the Manchester United football club.
After moving up the ranks, from the Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 teams and the B-team to the First team at Sporting Clube de Portugal in Lisbon, all within a single season, 18-year old Ronaldo was already making headlines with his dazzling performance in the Primeira Liga, stirring up rumours of transfers to Liverpool and Arsenal. Fate had a different plan for him though, when Sporting CP defeated Manchester United 3-1 in August 2003, bringing Ronaldo to the notice of United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Describing Ronaldo as “one of the most exciting young players” he had ever seen, Ferguson ensured his transfer to Manchester United, and offered Ronaldo the team’s hallowed jersey number 7, which had previously been worn by United greats like David Beckham, George Best and Eric Cantona. The switch from number 28 to number 7 brought upon a lot of responsibility and motivation for Ronaldo, and thus began his journey to not just live up to that honour but to establish himself among the world’s best players within the next three years. What followed after is the stuff of legends.
The Nike Mercurial Superfly V CR7 FG Football Shoe marks this momentous chapter for Cristiano Ronaldo, with its special grey and orange colourway, dubbed Chapter 4: ‘Forged For Greatness’. The shoe features an eye-catching metallic bluish grey upper construction that fades into an orange sole plate, signifying the colours of a hot iron being forged into shape. The colour shift while being dramatic, isn’t the only reference to this chapter in Ronaldo’s journey. At the heel, the roman numerals for 28 are displayed with the number 7 highlighted, marking his switch from Sporting CP to Manchester United.
The Mercurial Superfly V CR7 Shoe is built for the kind of touch, control and relentless speed that Ronaldo is known for. It features a Flyknit upper along with a Nike Grip System that work together to create a supportive locked-down fit. The Flyknit yarns integrate areas of stretch, support and breathability to create a second-skin feel. Textured speed ribs on the upper provide the friction necessary for maximum ball control and high-speed touch. A re-engineered ultralight 3D Speed Plate delivers a natural fit for explosive speed on the field, while precision-placed firm-ground studs enable quick, sudden starts and unpredictable stops, keeping you agile and leaving the opponents guessing. A perforated sockliner offers lightweight cushioning that reduces stud pressure, as a graphic that features the CR7 logo along with the tools needed to forge iron, and the words “Forged to the exact specifications of Cristiano Ronaldo” appear on the insole. The CR7 logo on the shoe features a highlighted number 7, marking the moment in Ronaldo’s journey that put the 7 in CR7.
The transfer from Lisbon to London marked the beginning of Cristiano Ronaldo’s rise to the top at Manchester United, and the Nike Mercurial Superfly V CR7 FG Football Shoe celebrates this moment in his journey with the Chapter 4: ‘Forged For Greatness’ colourway. Bring the same legendary speed and control to bear upon your game as you forge your destiny by lacing up the Nike Mercurial Superfly V CR7 Shoe, and complete your football training kit by checking out all the latest Nike products online at Sun & Sand Sports.